Tim Flink is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in science policy research and social studies of science, based at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at the German Center of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). Prior to his academic engagement, he worked as the personal board assistant to the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations in Brussels, especially supporting the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) President and Secretary General in representing the DFG’s international interests vis-à-vis the EU’s institutions. He published the first comprehensive social history and policy analysis of the European Research Council and gathered expertise in many other science policy related fields, including science diplomacy (the first cross-country comparative study being carried out with Ulrich Schreiterer from 2008-2010), academic spin-offs, and university governance and incentivisation regimes of researchers. As a policy expert, Tim has shared his knowledge with actors from various institutions, such as the European Commission’s DG RTD, the ERC’s executive agency and scientific council, the German Foreign Ministry and the Ministry for Education and Research, the Federal Government’s Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI), the German Research Foundation and the Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to name but a few.
In S4D4C, Tim Flink leads work package 2 ‘Conceptual framework’; he is author of the S4D4C case study ‘Joint international research programming as a case of science diplomacy’, and chaired sessions at S4D4C’s 1st Networking Meeting ‘EU Science Diplomacy beyond 2020’ in Madrid, and at S4D4C’s 2nd Networking Meeting ‘Towards a European Science Diplomacy Roadmap’ in Berlin.